The beading is finished. Looking at it, I realize that the design is poor, so this will never be exhibited, or sold. However, as I was beading it, my mind was mulling over whether I could add a section on encrusted beading to the workshop I teach on "Beading for Quilters". I've decided to prepare such a section in my hand outs and class notes, and offer it as an optional add-on for future classes. This means that this piece can be finished as a simple hanging, and used only as a class sample.
Here's the finished product. full view and close-up.